Dramatic rescue effort to save Brits from sinking 30ft yacht engulfed in flames

Dramatic footage shows the brave firefighters tackling a blaze on a 30ft yacht out on the water off the South West coast, to rescue the Brits on board.

The crew of Boskalis Marine Services, Smit Dart, bravely helped fight a fire on a yacht and assist in the rescue of persons on board off the coast of Plymouth on June 23.

A video taken at the scene shows a firefighter spraying a powerful hose over the vessel which was covered in thick grey smoke and bright orange flames.

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Emergency services were called to the scene and casualties on board the yacht were taken to Derriford Hospital for treatment. One person was rescued by lifeboat crews, according to Cornwall Live.

However, the 30ft fibreglass yacht caught couldn't be saved as it sank around two miles due west of Rame Head, Cornwall, despite the best efforts from local vessels.

The vessel Smit Dart is a passenger ship that was built on 2003 and is currently sailing under the flag of the United Kingdom and measures up to around 28 metres in length.

Following the incident, an HM Coastguard spokesperson said: “At 2.10pm yesterday (23 June), HM Coastguard had a report of a yacht on fire southwest of Rame Head, Plymouth.

"The RNLI lifeboat from Plymouth was sent and provided safety cover to the shore for a nearby vessel which had taken the casualties on board.

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“The casualties were passed into the care of the South West Ambulance Service. Local vessels in the area also assisted. The yacht sank.”

A spokesperson for Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service added: “We were called to a boat fire incident at 3.03pm yesterday involving 30 ft fibreglass yacht on fire about two miles due west of Rame Head, Cornwall.

“We mobilised one crew who got the fire boat but by that point the yacht had sunk so there was no firefighting action required. One person was rescued but we don’t have any more details on that.”


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